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The young players are doing extremely well

24 July 2017

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Tony Mowbray has praised the youngsters in his squad for their hard work this pre-season.

Under-23 regulars Andy Fisher, Jack Doyle, Willem Tomlinson, Scott Wharton and Lewis Hardcastle were all part of the squad that travelled to Austria. Whilst Joe Rankin-Costello, who turns 18 this Wednesday, has also featured in this summer's first team friendlies.

The Rovers boss has challenged the young pros to continue to keep progressing, with the aim of staying in the first team picture as the new season gets underway.

"They have to try and stay with the first team over the course of the season," said Mowbray.

"It is part of the reason that they come away with the first team.

"If we can add a few more players over the next week or two it will hopefully beef up the squad a little bit, then we'll see whether them young lads are still around it as we kick off the season.

"But they are doing extremely well, they are working really hard, they've got good quality about them, and it is just about using the young players at the right time.

"If we've got aspirations of being right at the top end of this league for most of the season if we can, sometimes the young players will have to play a bit-part around an experienced team that knows how to get the job done."

Rovers are back in action this Tuesday night when they travel to take on Grimsby Town - kick-off 7.30pm.

Rovers supporters will be accommodated in the Osmond End at Blundell Park and can gain admission by paying cash at turnstiles 15–18 on Harrington Street.

Admission prices are £10 for Adults, and £5 for Concessions (65 and over, Under-18s).

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